Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
410 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Director's Welcome


Coming next February!

Two years ago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York approached the CRMA with an idea of creating a retrospective exhibition on Grant Wood.  Since that time, we have worked in collaboration with the Whitney to craft a great exhibition and book, both of which reappraise Wood’s role in American art.  No retrospective of Grant Wood could possibly happen without the loan of a significant number of works from our collection.  The CRMA is pleased to lend 28 seminal works from our collection to the Whitney exhibition, which is scheduled to run from March 2 through June 10, 2018.  In exchange for our generous loan, we have worked with the Whitney to obtain a reciprocal loan of a series of paintings and prints by Edward Hopper, who, like Grant Wood, was one of America’s greatest twentieth-century artists.  This thirteen piece loan will include nine paintings and four prints and allows for a wonderful overview of Hopper’s work, with a particular focus on his work between 1905 and 1930.  Edward Hopper: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, will be accompanied by a companion exhibition, Hopper’s World:  New York, Cape Cod, and Beyond, drawn from the CRMA’s own collection, which will include works by other artists featuring Hopper’s locales:  New York, Ogunquit, Cape Cod, Monhegan Island, and Paris.  This exciting loan and companion exhibition will be on view at approximately the same time as the Grant Wood retrospective is on view in New York.  It will be a great time to visit the CRMA and make a pilgrimage to New York!

Coming in 2020!

While 2020 might seem a long ways away, it will be here before we know it and 2020 marks the 125th anniversary of the origins of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  It was then that an Art Club was formed by a group of civically-minded individuals who had been to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and came home inspired.  From those humble beginnings, an Art Association eventually took shape, then an Art Center, and finally a Museum of Art.  In celebration of our 125th, we have a number of exciting things planned, including a major exhibition of French and American Impressionism.  Impressionism was the prevailing style in the U.S. in 1895 when we were founded and it was the style that influenced the young Grant Wood and Marvin Cone.  For those reasons, it makes sense that we should look back at Impressionism in our anniversary year.  Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens is a traveling exhibition and Cedar Rapids is its only Midwest venue.  Giants of French Impressionism such as Edgar Degas, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, and Camille Pissaro will hang next to work by such American luminaries as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, and Childe Hassam.  The 69 works in this landmark exhibition will occupy the majority of our first floor galleries, and we plan to update our Grant Wood and Marvin Cone galleries to reflect the influence of Impressionism on their early careers.  Watch for more details about this extraordinary exhibition as we get closer to its opening on February 1, 2020.  

-Sean M. Ulmer, Executive Director